GOD’S WORD AND OUR HOPE

Bible light 2PMT 2015-137 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

We are postmillennialists not because our hearts long for a better world for our children. We are postmillennialists not because we judge from the progress of history that things are better today for Christianity than they were in the days of Nero. Rather we are postmillennialists because God’s word presents us with the hope of the conquest of the gospel in the world.

God’s word is creative, providential, prophetic, and restorative. History truly genuinely “his story.” God creates the world and man for his own glory (Ro 11:36; Rev 4:11).

The Scriptures teach that God controls history by the exercise of his almighty wisdom and power. In fact, the whole idea of predictive prophecy depends on this view of history, in that for any prophesied events to occur requires that all preceding and concurrently related events throughout the world and history must fall into place according to plan. Almost always (Christ and John Baptist being notable exceptions) the individual involved in the fulfillment of prophecy is unaware that his free action is fulfilling God’s prophecy.Solid Ground


Solid Ground (by Gabriel Fluhrer)

Insight and answers on: knowing God, the sufficiency of God’s Word, the truth of God, scripture alone, God’s word in the church, the accessibility of God’s Word, and the power of God’s Word.

See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com


Our sovereign God’s word is creatively constructive. That is, it brings reality into existence (Ge 1; Heb 11:3) and it directs all historical processes (Isa 46:10; 55:11). This two-fold reality of the creative and providential word links the authority of God’s word into human experience. The psalmist notes that the word of the Lord both sovereignly makes and providentially governs the heavens and the earth (Ps 33:6–11). He also notes that it is his creative and sovereign word that reveals to man righteousness and justice: “For the word of the Lord is upright; and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice” (Ps 33:4–5a). God’s word/command is the standard of right and wrong obligations, as it was in the garden of Eden.

Even Adam’s unfallen nature was not an ultimate moral standard, but a derivative one. As Cornelius Van Til teaches, Adam was receptively reconstructive of God’s word, rather than creatively constructive. He was to think God’s thoughts after him on the creaturely level. Even in his unfallen state, he knew that he was created to live by supernatural, positive revelation, not by autonomous self-direction. The method by which Adam knows good and evil is by obedience to God’s revelatory word.Standard bearer


Standard Bearer: Festschrift for Greg Bahnsen (ed. by Steve Schlissel)

Includes two chapters by Gentry on Revelation and theonomy.

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Thus, as evangelical Christians we must hold firmly to the truthfulness of God’s word. We need to be like the first grade girl dealing with her unbelieving teacher: The little girl was in art period drawing a picture of Jonah being swallowed by a whale. Her teacher looked at the drawing and said: “Jonah could not have been swallowed by a whale and lived, it would have killed him.” The little girl insisted he was swallowed by a whale because the Bible said so. But the teacher gently kept informing the little girl of her error. In exasperation the little girl finally complained: “When I get to heaven I am going to ask Jonah if he was swallowed by a whale.” The teacher responded: “What if Jonah didn’t go to heaven?” The little girl quickly replied: “Well then you can ask him.”

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2 thoughts on “GOD’S WORD AND OUR HOPE

  1. jeremyinchrist November 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    When I tell people that I am postmillennial, I think they assume I’m just “hoping” it is true instead of actually believing it is true and based on God’s Word. Or they think I am just calling myself postmillennial because it is “cool”. It’s frustrating.

    They might say, “What about world war one and two?”. I respond, “Who won those wars?”

  2. Kenneth Gentry November 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Good response! Keep it up! And remind them of what Yogi Berra once said: “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

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